By Tom Campbell
one of our recent blogs, we talked about some of the innovative housing
options that are available to people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, ones that prioritize independence and community engagement. One
of them is being constructed right now in Victoria, Minnesota, a suburban
community southwest of the Twin Cities. We are excited to be able to offer an
innovative housing option for people with disabilities that would like to take
the next step into independent living.
What Is It?
It will be called Bethesda Cornerstone Village, and the
concept is a first-of-its-kind – integrating independent adults with disabilities
with active people 55 years of age and older. Not only will they live side-by-side
in either apartment homes or villas, they will also have the opportunity to
participate in activities together, designed with all people and abilities in
mind. True to Bethesda’s mission, this will be a Christian community, although
people of any faith, or no faith, are very welcome. Finally, the homes will be
outfitted with Smart Home technology that will enhance independent living for
Why Create This
We believe that providing an independent housing option for
those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who can live
alone with some support services but are currently living with a family
caregiver or in a group home setting is a very important next step. For those who can live independently, they
often do not earn enough money to live in a quality home – an apartment can
literally take every last dime. That’s why we’re pleased we’ll be able to
provide subsidized units at a lower cost for people with disabilities, based on
subsidies that we were able to secure.
“Independent living options should be available to all people – Bethesda is proud to provide people with disabilities a quality living space in Cornerstone Village.” -Tom Campbell, VP of Real Estate Development
What Supports Are
It’s important to note that traditional Bethesda services
such as intermittent supports are not included in the rent but could certainly
be arranged independently if the resident chooses. Having a roommate would be
an option as well. Parents and guardians could feel confident that their loved
one would be safe – especially with the available technology – and welcome at
Cornerstone Village and the larger Victoria community.
Up to 25% of Cornerstone Village residents will be
individuals with disabilities when the facility opens late next summer. From
there, we aim to take this model nationally, and are actively looking for
locations that can bring this solution to more people with disabilities. It
truly is a place where everyone belongs.
If you’re interested in learning more about Cornerstone Village, please go to
Tom Campbell is Vice President of Real Estate for Bethesda.